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Mumbai: Stay prepared for moderate rainfall in Mumbai, warns IMD

Mumbai is facing a substantial shortfall in rainfall, with just 5% of the necessary precipitation received thus far. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for Thane on Monday, signaling the possibility of intense downpours in specific locations.
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Compounding the worry is the postponement of the official commencement of the monsoon season, traditionally announced on June 11.

Latest News: As the initial month of the monsoon season draws to an end, Mumbai is grappling with a notable shortfall in precipitation. Merely 5 percent of the necessary rainfall has been recorded thus far, with a mere 17.9mm out of the anticipated 342.1mm for June, as reported by the Times of India. The Santacruz observatory, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), typically observes an average June rainfall of 526.3mm.

Mumbai's growing worry stems from the postponed arrival of the monsoon, a customary declaration made on June 11. The elusive rains have kept forecasters on their toes, although they maintain optimism for improvement by the approaching weekend. Adding to this, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for Thane on Monday, specifically June 26, signaling the likelihood of substantial rainfall in isolated regions.

Contrarily, Mumbai is projected to experience moderate rainfall in the upcoming timeframe. According to unaffiliated meteorologists, although the monsoon circulation has displayed feebleness, the onset of the active phase is predicted to occur shortly.

IMD Mumbai's scientist, Sushma Nair, has indicated that Mumbai and its neighboring regions can anticipate rainfall starting from June 24 and persisting for the subsequent three days. Nevertheless, specialists remain unsure if the notable deficiency in rainfall can be entirely replenished during the projected active phase of precipitation expected in the following week.

Akshay Deoras, a research scientist affiliated with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the University of Reading in the UK, highlights the development of a low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal, which is anticipated to migrate towards Madhya Pradesh. This phenomenon has the potential to contribute to the amelioration of the current rainfall conditions, starting from June 25. Additionally, Abhijit Modak, associated with the Konkan Weather blog, notes that the low-pressure area will bring moisture and be accompanied by robust westerly winds.